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Schechner, Lobertini sue KPIX for age, sex bias

Two veteran KPIX CBS 5 reporters, John Lobertini and Bill Schechner, who were laid off along with three other on-air personalities in March, sued the station today alleging age and sex discrimination.

Their San Francisco Superior Court lawsuit (CGC-08-480933) says the CBS-owned station “designed its workforce reduction process to eliminate older employees” and targeted “only male on-air talent” in making layoffs.

Before the downsizing, KPIX’s on-air talent pool consisted of 19 women and 17 men.

Others caught in the same round of layoffs March 31 were Manny Ramos, 56, Tony Russomanno, 57, and Rick Quan, 51. No female on-air reporters or anchors were let go, the plaintiffs’ attorney, John McGuinn, told the Chronicle.

Schechner, 66, was at KPIX for 20 years while John Lobertini, 48, was there for nine. Neither has found a new job.

When contacted for a response, KPIX spokesperson Akilah Monifa said, “… the claims have no merit and we look forward to vigorously defending ourselves.”

The following is from a statement issued by the plaintiff’s attorney:

At right are Linda Ellerbee and Bill Schechner from “NBC News Overnight,” the first national all-night news program.

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